Dimeta is testing DME in home heating for the first time in Europe in The Green Village of Delft University

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Dimeta is working with Delft University of Technology and The Green Village to test the use of dimethyl ether (DME) with an LPG mixture for home heating for the first time in Europe.

Renewable DME is a sustainable and clean fuel that is widely used in the chemical industry and as a propellant in aerosol cans. Extensive research and laboratory testing has been carried out by Dimeta and various professional associations, which has led to the conclusion that a mixture of 12% DME/LPG is safe and can be mixed immediately without modification of infrastructure and equipment. However, this mixture has yet to be tested in a real residential heating environment in Europe. Located in The Green Village of Delft University of Technology, this Dimeta-led trial will serve as a testing ground for a sustainable heating option for 137 million people in Europe living in off-grid, struggling to decarbonize homes.

The home receives heat and hot water from a DME/LPG mixture, using a standard LPG boiler and cylinders with an LPG/DME mixture. This highlights the benefits of a DME as it does not require expensive retrofits or new devices. Due to the chemical similarity between DME and LPG, DME can be mixed into LPG up to 12%. DME’s ability to seamlessly integrate with existing infrastructure can help accelerate the transition to cleaner energy sources. Further plans are in the works to install space heaters and stoves to test and demonstrate the versatility of DME as a fuel source.

DME can also be used as a pure fuel in 100% DME-specific devices with adjustments to the supply chain infrastructure.

Dimeta’s project will collect user feedback on device performance and monitor air quality improvements by reducing harmful emissions as they move beyond the laboratory environment into real-world applications.

Commenting on the launch of the trial, Stephen Hallett, Operations Director at Dimeta, said: “We are delighted to be launching the first European trial of a mixture of DME and LPG for home heating at The Green Village. Developments in renewable and recycled carbon DME are among some of the most exciting in the global energy landscape, and for the 137 million people in Europe without a connection to the main gas grid, this will provide a pathway to real options for decarbonisation. economy.”

Commenting on the trial, Lidewij van Trigt from The Green Village said: “We are very happy to be working with Dimeta. This test not only tests the technical aspects of the use of a DME/LPG mixture. Our field lab offers relevant testing facilities where residents can give their feedback and Dimeta can gain knowledge about the application of this gas within the framework of Dutch legislation.”

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